|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I often rehearse posts in my head before writing them down, and this figured to be a short missive, something like:
Consider my imagination defective! Turns out there are lots of folk willing to defend Governor Steamroller. For instance, Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon:
Greenwald goes on at great length, and hundreds of comments pick up where he left off. One reason I blog less than I used to is that I am sick of the stupidity induced by partisan politics, and this post demonstrates many such failings:
* Conflating virtue with legality: I think that it should be legal for people to patronize prostitutes. That does not mean that I think it is right and proper for married people. Nor do I think that people in positions of power should engage in activities that compromise them. "Hey Steam, we were just looking at our guestbook and thinking -- wouldn't you like to arrange for my colleague to get a permit for a building he wants to construct? Perhaps you could stay there with Daniela when it's built."
* Defending against an attack that hasn't been made: I don't know whether Spitzer will be "treated no differently" by the law, and don't really care. I do know that it's a teeny bit more newsworthy when a john turns out to be a governor and crusading muckety-muck, rather than some two-bit loser I've never heard of. I do know that people who hold important office, public or private, do resign when embroiled in prostitution scandals.
* General fan-boy "my team is better than yours" stupidity. Lots of commenters complained about a Louisiana senator who was in a similar position -- he would have had to work hard to match Spitzer's accomplishments in the fields of bullying and incarceration, but never mind that now. Well, so what? My gut reaction upon reading such an argument is I guess both your parties suck.
If the powerful in government can terrorize and imprison the general populace with laws that they themselves are under no special obligation to honor, then we are more than halfway down the road to the Russian model of government, where one of the chief emmolients of public office is the immunity it provides against prosecution for crimes.